Jobs at the Library

How to Apply

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Job Postings

We will be accepting applications for the following job:

Literacy Program Specialist

Salary Range: $63,939.20 – $77,584.00
Job ID: 1701058
Full/Part Time: Full
Close Date: 6/30/2017
Get Started: More Details & Apply Online

Position and Duties

The Library is seeking Literacy Program Specialists to join our team and change the lives of those we serve! The ideal candidate for these positions will understand, support, practice and promote the San José Way of library innovation and the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public Library; demonstrate leadership and a commitment to active customer service; have knowledge of current literacy technology and trends; have experience working with a diverse community and staff; and enjoy working in a fast-paced, innovative team environment. Literacy Program Specialists will be responsible for coordinating programs and services at our Family Learning Centers.

The Library's Family Learning Centers are located at seven of our branch libraries. Each Family Learning Center space has a classroom, computers with special software, and materials that provide the tools enabling families and individuals to attain self-efficiency. Program and service areas include but are not limited to: library orientation, adult and family literacy, ESL, citizenship, digital literacy, life skills, parenting, early education, and multi-lingual instruction. For more information about our sites please go to

Literacy Program Specialists are community connectors. They collaborate with partner organizations, identify community needs, and guide library customers to information and helpful resources. Specialists are responsible for performing a variety of professional duties including:

  • Conducting library tours and orientations;
  • Training and supervising volunteers;
  • Planning/implementing or finding partners for library programs;
  • Conducting community outreach;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of programs, computer software, and materials;
  • Formulating a strong partnership with the Library’s Adult and Family Literacy department, Partners in Reading; and
  • Having knowledge of current literacy trends.

These positions will include evenings and weekend shifts. Although not required, proficiency in a non-English language is highly desired. These positions require lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling materials and objects up to 25 pounds, or heavier weights, in all cases with the use of proper equipment.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Bachelor's Degree in Literacy, Education, Social or Human Services, or related field.
  2. Experience: One (1) year experience working in a literacy program.
  3. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Why work at San José Public Library?

It is an exciting time in San José! With overwhelming support from our communities and our City Council, we are increasing our open hours at all of our library branches. Would you like to work for one of the most exciting and innovative library systems in the nation? Now is your opportunity!

San José Public Library offers:

  • Culturally diverse population of nearly 959,000 in the country's 10th largest city.
  • One of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of nearly 14 million items.
  • Award-winning innovation and leadership: 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.
  • New expanded hours for all branch locations
  • Library Parcel Tax expansion recently approved by San José Voters

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